If there’s one collection I’ve been loving over the past few years it has to be the award winning La Roche-Posay Effaclar range. Created to help people with oily and blemish-prone skin their products not only correct but hydrate too. As anyone with combination or oily skin knows, there’s a lot to be said for a formula that can achieve both without leaving an awful shine. No wonder one of their famous Effaclar Duo[+]’s* is sold every ten seconds around the world.

A few weeks ago La Roche-Posay extended their range once again and introduced the Effacular Duo[+] SPF 30* (review coming soon!) and the Effaclar Purifying Mask* which I wanted to talk about today….


Effaclar Purifying Mask: Courtesy of La Roche-Posay.


Let’s cut to the chase – I love this product. The tube style packaging makes it super easy to use, administering a small amount of mask every time I squeeze. It smells lovely and fresh and only has to be left on for 5 minutes meaning I can apply it just before or whilst I’m in the shower. A little seems to go a long way and a thin layer is all I need. Best of all? It’s the ingredients.

This mask has Cellulobeads™ which create a deep cleansing sensation whilst absorbing oil and removing impurities from the skin. It also contains PanthenolB5 which helps to prevent the overproduction of sebum and inflammation by soothing the skin. It also has Argilla and Kaolin.

I love Kaolin because it reminds me of happy times at Beauty School where we would make our own face masks and use them on clients or each other. Kaolin’s a clever ingredient as it has the ability to soak up sebum and excess oil from the pores. Argilla is similar but tends to remove it from the surface rather than deep within.

Used once or twice a week the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Mask instantly leaves my skin feeling fresh, clean and smooth. As it absorbs and removes excess sebum my pores always look much smaller in size. Its non-drying formula is fab as if you dry the skin out too much it can have an adverse effect. Skin tends to produce more sebum if it thinks it’s being stripped of it’s natural oil. Luckily this isn’t something this mask does and for that reason it gets a massive thumbs up from me.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Mask is currently on offer at Boots here for just £8.25. That’s incredibly good value for a 100ml tube.

What do you think of La Roche-Posay?

Have you tried anything from this brand?

Carly x


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